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plei·ot·ro·py

 (plī-ŏt′rə-pē) also plei·ot·ro·pism (-pĭz′əm)
n. Biology
The production of diverse effects, especially the production by a single gene of several distinct and seemingly unrelated phenotypic effects.

[Greek pleiōn, more; see pelə- in Indo-European roots + -tropism.]

plei′o·tro′pic (plī′ə-trō′pĭk, -trŏp′ĭk) adj.
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plei•ot•ro•py

(plaɪˈɒ trə pi)

n.
the phenomenon of one gene affecting more than one phenotypic characteristic.
[1935–40]
plei`o•trop′ic (-əˈtrɒp ɪk, -ˈtroʊ pɪk) adj.
plei`o•trop′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Psychiatrists should start conceptualizing DSM-5 disorders not as freestanding medical conditions but as syndromes--collections of inter-related clinical phenotypes resulting from pleiotropic genes. Given the extensive structural and neurochemical interconnectedness of brain cells, regions, and circuits, it is surprising that we have not approached psychiatric disorders in this fashion long ago, instead of falling in the trap of manufacturing artificially isolated mental disorders and then inventing the concept of "common comorbidity" to explain what we are seeing instead of seeking a genetic linkage between them.
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